"If one looks into the figures of new HIV cases starting from the fiscal 2004-05, 440 cases was registered then and the last fiscal saw 1,766 cases. During the 2011-12 fiscal, 1,680 new cases were there. This fiscal till the end of December last year 1,177 new cases was registered," said the minister.

He also said at present there are 17,593 HIV positive patients in the state and those who are undergoing the treatment stands at 8,525.

Palakkad district leads with 1,381 patients and the capital district accounts for 898 patients who are under treatment.

(Agencies)

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